The four-time champions Mumbai Indians were involved in a high-scoring clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on October 25, Sunday at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Though the Royals registered victory in the fixture by 8 wickets, the Mumbai Indians explosive all-rounder Hardik Pandya hogged much limelight.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians had posted a spectacular total of 195 at the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs. The credit for this mammoth total goes to the insane power-hitting done by Pandya at the end of the innings. Despite losing a series of wickets in the middle order, Mumbai could reach closer to the 200-run mark due to the quickfire knock of 60* off 21 balls at a strike rate of 285.71 including 2 fours and 7 sixes by Hardik Pandya. With this stunning innings, Hardik registered his maiden half-century in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.
Rajasthan was able to clinch the match in the 19th over only owing to the spellbound maiden IPL 2020 century by England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes along Sanju Samson had a de mockery of the MI’s bowling unit by playing an innings of 107* off 60 deliveries and 54* off 31 balls respectively.
Hardik Pandya trolls Ian Bishop
Pandya was interviewed by Bishop during the mid-innings break. While giving an interview to the presenter Ian Bishop, the 27-year-old hilariously trolled Ian by concluding their interaction with the statement, “Remember the name.”
— Zolani Bongco (@BongcoZolani) October 25, 2020
Interestingly, Bishop had coined this term way back in the 2016 T20 World Cup for West Indies hard-hitting Carlos Braithwaite who had smashed England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes for four back-to-back sixes to win the marquee event. Notably, Hardik had also hit four sixes in Ankit Rajput’s over against Rajasthan. He had achieved this feat in the 18th over of the innings
Despite losing the game against Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians comfortably sit at the first position in the points table with seven wins in eleven games. Though the top 3 teams have the same number of points i.e 14, MI is ahead of the number two team Delhi Capitals (DC) and number three Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) due to a better net run rate.
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